After years of watching Gaithersburg’s Labor Day parade stream past our retirement community’s front entrance, residents this year decided that Asbury Methodist Village would be more than just a spot along the parade route.
A committee was formed and dozens of residents signed on to represent clubs and events, our award-winning Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative and the campus’s Senior Olympics successes. Our trolley float was a hit and the parade spectators loved us. We heard more than a few shouts of, “Look, that’s Asbury!” People loved Tom Hefner riding in a convertible dressed as Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury, the athletes who were tossing the baseball to each other and resident Dave Kasow and his fencing partner.
The Village Life Musical singers brought excitement and Jean Hefner’s clown delighted children along the way. Special thanks to Hal Gaut who would appear out of nowhere to take photos and then run ahead of us to do the same thing farther down – in 90-plus degree weather, no less. (View Hal’s photos in the gallery below.) Our parade participants were energized to see their friends and fellow residents cheering them along the route. And we were all happy to see many residents of the Wilson Health Care Center waving from the lawn as we passed. It was a great community feel - and a great day - all around!